RHINELANDER - One Northwoods high school student hopes you'll help people who need a bone marrow transplant.
Rhinelander High School's Key Club is sponsoring a "Be the Match" bone marrow donor registry drive Saturday at the high school.
One student helped put this together because her father had cancer a couple of years ago. She thinks more people need to know about bone marrow drives.
"We do a lot of blood drives and community blood drives and I think those are a lot more common," says Bone Marrow Drive coordinator Molly Willging. "This is a different aspect that saves a lot of lives."
The bone marrow drive is a little bit different than a blood drive. Plus it doesn't take as long to get through the registry process.
"Since it's so advanced now, you fill out a bunch of paper work. Well it's not a lot, but you fill out a good amount of paper work," says Willging. " Then you just do like a cotton swab in the mouth because then they can test it for like genetics and DNA markers if you match anyone. Then they'll contact you and then you'll actually get the bone marrow drawn from the hip."
The coordinator hopes for a big turnout Saturday. It starts at 12 p.m. and ends 4 p.m. People can register at Rhinelander High School's cafeteria. The registry is free.
RHINELANDER - Hodag Park received a sizable donation Thursday morning. New sand was dropped off to help the Rhinelander Parks Department grow the beach back to its original shape.
There were thousands of pounds of sand dropped off and spread out. There was a high need for this because of all the rain we've had this season.
"It was getting in pretty poor shape and washing out more and more, but this year especially, it just seems like we've lost a lot of sand. So now we're going to shape it up nicely and hopefully it'll last the year," said Rhinelander Parks Director, Jeremy Biolo.
All of that sand was donated and delivered by a company in Rhinelander.
"Musson Brothers, Inc. donated all the sand and they said we could help ourselves to as much as we want, which is unbelievable because this beach really needed some work," said Biolo. "Every little bit like that helps our community out and it improves the community. It's awesome that the Musson Brothers stepped up and would do that for us."
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